Is Your Stroke Risk Hereditary?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on April 28, 2017


Fact Check: Stroke is not hereditary.


Does your family history matter when it comes to your own stroke risk? it very well could. In this week’s Fact Check, James Schmidley, M.D., a Carilion Clinic neurologist, talks about the connection between family history and stroke risk.

However, even though your family history might impact your risk, there are still several things you can do to decrease your chances of having a stroke: 

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get enough exercise.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit alcohol.

To learn more about your own stroke risk, talk to your doctor and take our stroke risk assessment